Should complementary and alternative medicine be fully integrated into the NHS?

Asked by: Drefosa
  • Although not proven, these methods are good

    Some people believe that alternative methods are good and they do help some people (1 in 3). The nhs should make them available for those people. Taxes would not need to be increased as the budget for other things could be cut. These methods have not been proven because they do not have money to be able to prove anything. If not funded, proffesional practices would be too expensive for people so they would go to a cheaper place, which could be unsafe. If funded, these treatments would have the chance to become complimentary medicines instead of alternative. A perfect example is ibuprofen, which was originally made from boiled tree bark so was Definitely alternative.

  • If sandal-wearing, middle-class, new age vegetarians want to be treated with organic, free-range, ethically-sound herbal balms and other placebo potions...

    ...Let them waste their own money on it. The NHS should only spend money on medically-proven treatments,

    The vast majority of complimentary treatments are sold by the same con artists who rip off credulous people with fortune-telling sessions and séances. They are little better than crooks, keep them away from the NHS.

  • No a pile

    Of unproven hogwash no doubt you will hear about one or two cures from various pedlars of this nonsense and it's nearly always a friend of a friend .
    If there is genuinely alternative medicines how come none of them ever come up to the mark in testing ?
    A huge money making racket methinks .

  • Not been proven.

    The NHS would be indicating that alternative medicine is a viable alternative to actual medicine despite the fact that it hasn't been proven. Alternative medicine is medicine that has either not been proved to work or been proved not to work. You know what they call alternative medicine that has been proved to work? Medicine. "
    -Tim Minchin

  • Of course not.

    So-called complementary and alternative "medicine" is not supported by any scientific evidence- if it were it would just be "medicine". It is ridiculous to waste taxpayer money on unproven snake oil and hokum.
    If people wish to use unsupported treatments they should have to pay for it themselves, not waste our money on it.

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